3 August 2001
Pearl combined in Northumberland

MICHAEL HOWIE, who farms near Amble in Northumberland, has combined 20ha (50 acres) of Pearl winter barley.

It has yielded 6.8t/ha (2.75t/acre) which is below the farm average of 8t/ha (3.25t/acre). “Its not too bad since it had wet feet all winter.” The moisture is 16% and specific weight 68kg/hl. They are about two days from finishing it.

He is anxious to get the malting premium now; otherwise he will have to store it till the autumn.

They should start oilseed rape by the end of the weekend. “Pronto, Escort and Fortress look useful. Were looking for 3.7t/ha (1.5t/acre),” although he is still wary.

Wheat should be fit in three weeks on the medium soil farm.


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